Pulwama encounter: At least four terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in an encounter with security forces in Lassipora area of Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. Their identities have not been ascertained yet. Two AK rifles, 1 Self-Loading Rifle and 1 pistol were recovered from their possession. A joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indian Army and the Jammu & Kashmir Police are conducting search operation in the area. Meanwhile, internet services have been suspended there, reports said.

Earlier on March 29, 2019, two Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed while five jawans were left severely injured in a gunbattle that broke out between in Sutsu village of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. The police had recieved information regarding the presence of 2-3 terrorists in Sutsu village following which they had launched a search operation and cordoned off the area. A gun battle broke out between the terrorists and security forces as terrorists refused to surrender. 

Soon after the encounter, the police has reportedly recovered one US-made M4 carbine rifle from the militants. The police also revealed that the terrorists had used the rifle for sniping purposes. 

The security forces also arrested suspected Hizbul Mujahideen Rameez Ahmad Dar, a resident of Kulgam, from Bijbehara area in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on March 28, 2019. The police informed that Dar was an active terrorist for the last few years and was affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen.

On March 30, 2019, the CRPF jawans narrowly escaped after a Santro car exploded near their bus on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district. The CRPF convoy was in the vicinity of the explosion site. However, the police revealed that it was not a terrorist attack but a cylinder explosion. 

The CRPF recently introduced a number of changes to in the rules of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) with respect to its convoys in order to avoid terrorist attacks like dastardly Pulwama terror attack that took place on February 14, 2014. 

Over 40 CRPF jawans were killed in the attack after an explosion-laden vehicle rammed into the CRPF convoy of 78 CRPF vehicles. The JeM had claimed the responsibility of the attacks. 

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